Six months ago (from today) ... I started running. Seriously, anyway. I tried to do it the right way, going to a running store, having them video my gait/stride, etc, and settling on a trusty age-old classic Nike Pegasus pair. They were great ... and running was great ... from the Couch to 5k program (thanks to Robert Ullrey's podcasts ) to get me through ... to my first 2 mile race (yay Manasquan MidWinter Beach run!), then three successive 5k runs ... the most recent of which is just a hint of why I am doing all of this ...
Behold, Disney's Castaway Cay 5k run! :
Yup, the awesome Disney Cruise Line (including the Disney Dream!) makes a stop on their own private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. And they have a nice little 5k run to go with it. (note: all finishers get the medal that says "Winner" on it.)
Can't wait for my next 5k, then 5 mile run, then half marathon, then full marathon, then ... (more to come)
Anyway ... I'm having a grand old time and absolutely loving this running thing. Sure, I experienced knee pain (had to see an orthopedic surgeon), foot pain, hip pain, cold weather, hot weather, wet weather, strange looks from people on lawns, cars, etc.
But, the question I get most, especially from people who've known me as not the most athletic person ever, is:
WHY AM I DOING THIS??????
The Walt Disney World Marathon
yup, 26.2 miles through all 4 Disney Parks in central Florida.
To say that I love Walt Disney World ... geez, I can't even explain.
But, wait, there's more. :
GOOFY'S RACE AND HALF CHALLENGE!That would be running the Disney Half Marathon on Saturday, then running the Full Marathon on Sunday. 2 days, 2 races, 4 parks, 39.3 miles (and 3 medals to boot).
That's what I want. And that's why I'm doing this.